Protest against Cape education MEC

2012-07-16 18:19

Cape Town - About 50 people protested outside the Western Cape provincial government building in Cape Town on Monday to demand the sacking of provincial Education MEC Donald Grant.

Leading the protest were the ANC in the province and the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu). They wanted Grant to withdraw closure letters he sent to 27 under-performing schools, or face possible litigation.

They also wanted him to admit to what they claimed was his lying about a lack of textbooks and workbooks at various schools in Kraaifontein.

People stood at the entrance to the building and on an island between lanes, waving posters that read: "SOS - Save Our Schools" and "Donald Duck must be fired!!!"

African National Congress provincial leader Marius Fransman said Grant had given phony reasons in June for the closure of some schools. A letter sent to a school in Bishop Lavis stated there were dwindling pupil numbers and no principal.

"The reality is that there has been over a 60% increase in learner numbers. The principal has been there for four years," Fransman said.

Sadtu provincial secretary Jonavon Rustin said Grant was destabilising communities in the province, as he had not consulted parents or school governing bodies.

"Grant is undermining the hard work which Sadtu has put in," he said.

Both he and Fransman said they would consider litigation if Grant did not reverse his decision.

ANC and Sadtu members delivered hundreds of books to Wallacedene, Bloekombos, Ekuthuleni and Enkululekweni primary schools at the start of the month, as they had apparently been without learning materials for six months.

Grant maintained the department had delivered all ordered textbooks and would remedy a shortage of one workbook by the third term, which began on Monday.

The workbook was apparently only needed in the second half of the year.

"If you can remember, his standard response was: 'you are lying'... The reality is last week, they actually sent books to those schools, that's the irony," Fransman said.

The ANC in the province said it was no longer interested in speaking to him. It wanted provincial Premier Helen Zille to make a public announcement on whether he was telling the truth.

  • bernpm - 2012-07-16 18:27

    The new MEC?? Tony Ehrenreich would stop al harassment of the education dept in the WCape.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 19:00

      the people take their education very serious there "around 50 people" doesn't sound very convincing to me... I suspect a snake in the Grass somewhere... If those schools are under preforming they should be close. They can use the tax payers money on other public schools which is preforming... Any how performance is based on Teaching, attendance and pass rate... i wonder which one is lacking...

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-16 22:42

      wow thats massive support for the anc in the WC they had to get the teachers union to make up the numbers

  • jan.vanriebeeck.58 - 2012-07-16 18:32

    Why close a school with an attendance roll which has increased by 60% ?? Why are these Kids deprived of an Education ?? What is Donald's motivation for completing this devious act ??

      Karel du Toit - 2012-07-16 18:55

      do you really believe the cancer puppets?

      johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-16 19:02

      The whole thing is a lot of lies from Fransman. Donald Grant told them about closing the schools months ago, all of a sudden months later they wake up - why did Fransman and his mates not do something before, but then again, the holidays were there.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-16 19:11

      Did you think or is it one of your jokes,

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-16 19:35

      Do intelligent people actually believe anything SADTU has to say about education? The funniest part of this story was where they said they worked hard. Whahahahaha! They can't even spell the words. If they worked at all, education wouldn't have been in such a crisis in the rest of the country!

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-16 19:40

      No-one is depriving these kids of an education, except SADTU and their pathetic teachers. The kids will be sent to better resourced schools.

      Kala - 2012-07-16 20:11

      "Grant is undermining the hard work which Sadtu has put in," he said. SADTU and hardwork. In the same sentence. What was the editor thinking???

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-16 18:33

    OBVIOUSLY, this are directives from ANC to destabilize the education in the Cape and make it look more like the rest of the country where there is not even books to learn at this stage of the year.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-16 18:58

      ..Spot on Bullet. The ANC has now gone as low to "hire a crowd" and are trying to divert its incompetance and corruption by attacking a perfectly run province. It wont work! Viva DA Viva! For a realy better life for all..VOTE DA.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-16 19:58

      Yeah this protest came at a very convenient time now that the anc so severly embarresed themselves in Limpopo

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-16 18:34

    Shouldn't those SADTU teachers be teaching at some school, because i fail to see how they are contributing?

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-16 18:37

    A well if true some have their off days now and then which is a far more positive indicator as to the incompetency and total inadequacy of the ANC run education systems every where

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-16 18:37

    The combination of Fransman and Sadtu makes for laughing. Sadtu members are to lazy to teach and Fransman got nothing to do. All they need is their friend Tony E. Maybe he is on holiday. Not one of them have ever done anything positive, but run around if it is not to cold and charging people up.

  • tobydt - 2012-07-16 18:49

    "Grant is undermining the hard work which Sadtu has put in" I LOL'ed :P

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-16 19:59

      That was very funny Sadtu and work is an oxymoron

  • tobydt - 2012-07-16 18:50

    So, the holidays are over... and what is SADTU busy doing? Not teaching :P

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-16 19:08

      To cold and wet to teach. They never said a word when all the schools in Soweto were closed. The children are going to schools in the city, and all Sadtu is comlpaining about is that the schools are to full. But they are could not see that because they are not teaching and turning up for work is the reason for kids moving out. Ban the union.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-16 19:18

    The ANC will try anything. This Fransman seems to have nothing better to do than play the part of a yapping puppy. I wonder what happened to the money that disappeared from WC ANC coffers?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-16 19:24

    Marius Fransman is an idiot. He should go and try and sort out the Limpopo and eastern cape education mess that the ANC has created.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-07-16 19:35

    About 50 people? That number does not have the legitimacy of a mandate from the affected communities. So, its clear that some individuals are pursuing a certain political agenda, and they don't have the interest of the affected learners at heart as they portray themselves. In my eyes, they are clowns.

      Jason - 2012-07-16 19:46

      Spot on methinks.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-16 20:29

      27 schools and 50 protesters, less then 2 protesting per school. Fransman this is wonderful, a strong croud.

  • jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-16 19:37

    ""Grant is undermining the hard work which Sadtu has put in," That must count as the most ridiculous statement of the year, in a year of ridiculous statements by the W. Cape ANC. ANC and SADTU are sick jokes.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-07-16 19:48

    Fransman and SADTU are cheap skates

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-16 21:01

    The ANC`s silence I relation to the Limpopo textbooks disgrace has been defeaning. They should have been sprayed with water and fed teargas, and also sjamboked. Damn power~hungry hypocrytes with double standards

  • Adil Smit - 2012-07-16 22:54

    I don't understand why Mr Grant wants to close schools when the population of the W-Cape is increasing by the day.

      wendy.webb.980 - 2012-07-17 08:34

      Yes, the population is increasing. Which is exactly why it seems that 47 new schools were built - that makes a nett gain of 20 schools, and these schools are presumably where they are most needed. Pity the media doesn't tell the whole story.

  • Schalk-Willem Van Der Merwe - 2012-07-17 07:36

    "Grant is undermining the hard work which Sadtu has put in," he said. (sic) Isn't sadtu the reason they are considering teaching to become an essential service ? … school holidays are over why didnt they strike then ?!

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